Thursday, June 14, 2012


I am in awe of the type 1 diabetes community - it truly is strong considering we represent approximately 10% of the entire population of diabetics (In Canada at least...)  I am happy that someone out there took the original plunge to go online and say, 'Hey! I have a type 1 diabetic child' or 'Hey! I am a type 1 diabetic'  and decided to reach out to others, share stories, ask questions and answer questions - I just think that is amazing.

Now, there are many, many diabetic communities online and offline.  People are meeting one another interacting, and getting involved. You may not personally think you're an inspiration, but you would be surprised at whose life you can change.  Personally, I have taken the leap in the London, Ontario community to bring type 1 young adults together and thus far it has been successful.  (So, if you're in the area send me an email!)    I enjoy having that support and believe that we all can do that and if that isn't our cup of tea there is always a close diabetic community available.

I have found the 'job' of being a diabetic rewarding. I see the friends I have made as reminders what this disease was given to me for a reason.  When I read the messages from diabetics all around the world - I realize that had I not been given diabetes I would not know any of them, I would not be in the position I am today.  I am thankful for those communities because it has given me the best of friends, a support system and a guarantee that someone will always be there when I need that shoulder.


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